Principal's Welcome

Cougar Families,

It is with great excitement and pride that I introduce my- self as the new principal of Eastland Middle School. This will be my 8th year as an administrator in Roseville and it is an honor to have been chosen to lead in a district that has such a strong commitment to student learning! I am looking forward to getting to know all of the members of the Cougar community and working together to build on the excellent work that has already been done!

I earned my Bachelor’s Western Michigan University and my Master’s from Saginaw Valley State University. I also earned a certification in special education from SVSU. I have been an educator for 13 years and have had the experience of working with students from middle school to high school from many diverse backgrounds. My most recent position was Assistant Principal at Roseville High School. My husband is also an educator and we have two children - Dominic (9) and Katelyn (6).

I believe that strong relationships are critical to student success. I am committed to working closely with students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders to en- sure that we are doing our absolute best to meet the needs of the students we serve. Through the use of Restorative Practices, we will create opportunities for every- one in our community to work through any issues that may arise. I know that when we establish strong relation- ships with our students they will be successful and safe.

Maintaining solid academic programs for students and developing research-based instructional practices for teachers will be at the top of my priority list. It is undeniable that the world around us rapidly evolving. Accordingly, I promise to stay at the forefront of current research in educational practice and work tirelessly to en- sure our students will be equipped and fully prepared to transition into whatever path best suits them after high school.

Each Fall, schools look a little different than they did the Spring before and ours is no exception. From a faculty standpoint, Mrs. Baker has made the jump from classroom teacher to Assistant Principal. She will travel between Eastland Middle and Roseville Middle. Mrs. Potts took an opportunity in another district and we wish her well. We are excited to welcome some brand new staff - Ms. Szypula (band), Ms. Bergen (Special Education), Mr. Leuenberger (social studies) Mr. Wheeler (science) and we are happy to welcome back Mrs. Doran (business).

In the building, you’ll notice all desktop computers have been replaced. The sound systems have been upgraded and beautiful, interactive, promethium boards have been installed. Soon, the student one-to-one devices will be ready to be distributed. These devices will come with a carry-bag as students will be allowed to bring them back and forth from school. We are hoping this new technology will enhance the learning environment for all of our students. New and improved signage has been added to the exterior of the building and we have significantly increased the number of security cameras inside and outside of the building. Safety, security, and cleanliness are incredibly important to us and we are thrilled to have had these things installed over the summer!

The best part is - we are not done yet! You will notice more projects and improvements as the year goes on. Again, we could not have done this important work without the support of our community. Thank you, voters, for taking care of our students, staff, and schools! I am excited to meet the families of this community and get rolling with an amazing year. I am committed to you and your students. You are trusting us with your most precious possession and that is not a responsibility we take lightly. Together, we will do great things!


Monica Gabriel Principal

Eastland Middle School